REVIEW: Dinosaurs On A Spaceship

We continue our series of fan comments on each episode of Doctor Who Season 7, this week looking at the second episode of the series “Dinosaurs On A Spaceship”.

An unmanned spaceship hurtles towards certain destruction – unless the Doctor can save it, and its impossible cargo… of dinosaurs!  By his side a ragtag gang of adventurers, a big game hunter, an Egyptian Queen and a surprised member of the Pond family. But little does the Doctor know there is someone else on board who will stop at nothing to keep hold of his precious, prehistoric cargo.


Jon Wesley Huff, USA:
An incredibly fun outing, like a DWM comic strip story come to life. It’s a great showcase for the regulars as Matt Smith really shines and makes the most of the lighter comedy (“I Do!”) and the darker  bits that form the story’s underbelly, Those darker moments nicely undercut the frothiness on the surface. Nefertiti and Riddel aren’t much more than interactive props, but were still fun to have around. The effects really felt superb though, and really makes me want a special edition of Invasion of the Dinosaurs some day. 7/10

Michael S Collins, UK:
What I liked: Triceratops, Rory’s dad, Solomon not being Glitz. What I didn’t like: the dialogue, badly defined Predators, dialogue, waste of actors, dialogue, and the seemingly pointless introduction of Nerfertiti. Oh, and the dialogue was particularly bad. It did however have some dinosaurs in it. Not enough though. 6/10

Ian Wheeler, UK:
I actually enjoyed this one far more than I’d expected to. The title struck me as the sort of lazy, derivative nonsense that we seem to get from time to time these days. In fact, the story was exciting, the supporting characters were well-drawn and the CGI was excellent. Nice cameo from the Silurians too. Overall, this was good fun. Two good episodes in a row then. 8/10

Gary Phillips, UK:
This was abysmal! The plot was non-existant, the characters were one dimensional. Chris Chibnall’s script was dreadful. How he dare openly critcise Pip and Jane Baker on the BBC series OPEN AIR back in 1987 then deliver nonsense like this is quite beyond me! Saul Metzstein’s appalling direction made Keith Boak look like Douglas Camfield. The dinosaurs, although underused were superb. No wonder the overnight ratings were 2m down on the previous week. 5/10

Steve Tomporowski, USA:
Amy Pond, grabbing rifle:  “I’m worth any two men, you can come along if you want.”
Rory to dad:  “Did you just have that on you?”
Dad:  “Of course, what sort of man doesn’t carry a trowel?  Put it on your Christmas List!”

Steven Moffat has again given us enough plot points for a feature-length movie and jammed them into less than a hour.  Dinosaurs on a space ship, a big game hunter, Queen Nerfertiti, a ball-playing Triceratops all wrapped around an enigma in space topped with a nasty villain.  Bring in Rory’s father and a pair of inept robots for comic relief and you’ve got the picture.  This is not great art or deep an’ meaningful, but a fun romp with barely a second of lull. Highly recommended!  9/10



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